Georgia Ports Authority reports record results

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Cargo shipping is a major operation in the Savannah Metro area and business is only getting bigger.

The Georgia Ports Authority has reported a record fiscal year, growing 17 percent compared to last year. Officials say that boost benefits everyone living in Savannah.

In June alone, the Ports Authority moved more than 337,000 container units, and for the 2017 fiscal year, it moved 33 million tons of cargo across all terminals. That's another all-time high and an eight percent increase over 2016.

Jamie McCurry says that growth benefits business, but it also means more jobs and more dollars coming into the local community. That benefits people living in and around Savannah, whether they work in shipping or not.

"Business is only expected to grow with the GPA approving the purchase of six new cranes, giving it a total fleet of 36," said Jamie McCurry, chief administrative officer at the Georgia Ports.

Those 36 cranes will be able to move more than 1,300 containers per house across a single dock, which is a capacity unmatched by any other single terminal in North America.

We are also learning the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is moving right along. Entrance channel deepening is now 59 percent complete.

Recovery of the remains of CSS Georgia is 90 percent complete.

That is expected to wrap up next week.

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